There are three words guaranteed to strike fear into the hearts of millennials everywhere: low-rise jeans.
This particular facet of the Y2K renaissance has been causing a mild moral panic for a couple of years now, with high-waisted jean loyalists reassured only by the hope that it will just... go away.
However… Gucci, Y/Project and Isabel Marant have reintroduced the low-rise, cuffed jean from Spring/Summer 23 (seen in Jacquemus, Masha Popova and Altuzarra) for Fall/Winter 23. The designers have spoken, TikTok has spoken: it's time to rediscover your belly button.
The good news?
There are ways to make it work for even the most stubborn high-rise jean wearer.
First things first: we're redefining low-rise jean as any pair that sits below the belly button.
No one expects you to trade in your high-waisted favorites for a pair of Alexander McQueen 'bumster' pants, an iconic low-cut-bottom style that debuted at his fall/winter '93 show of 'Taxi Driver' and then, slightly terrifying, repeated by the house for spring/summer '23.
This must be seen not as a harbinger of doom, but simply as a starting point.
"A mid-low rise is ideal for those who are more cautious but still want to try the trend," advises stylist Issie Gibbons, who recommends Arket, Acne Studios and Reformation for jeans that strike balance.
When in doubt, your favorite high-waisted jeans can be bought a size or two larger and worn low.
Straight-cut jeans work great for this purpose.
For lovers of a relaxed style, the skater wave is ideal.
Huge jeans, with a lot of drop that can make you look elevated with high-top sneakers or high-heeled shoes.
It must be demystified that this shot is suitable only for hegemonic bodies.
It is a comfortable cut that does not adjust the tummy, that rounds the shapes and that if worn loose is super flattering.
We are sure that once you try it, you will adopt it.
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